Dark at Sea

Directed by Carlos Asse & cinematography by Paul Theodoroff -- shot on 35mm, 'Dark at Sea' captures themes of frustration, defeat, and addiction to success through the movements of dancer Matthew Gibbs. The project emerged from Asse and Theodoroff's mutual desire to break from their usual routines to create something more personal and abstract.

"We didn't have many resources or much time to shoot this little passion project, so every minute needed to be put to good use. Carlos and I had initially intended on a far more complex concept but due to camera issues on-set we had to improvise. Our location was rented for roughly 8 hours, but the first 6 hours were spent troubleshooting mechanical errors within the camera(s). We ended up cycling through three different 35mm systems, the third body was sent in an Uber from Santa Monica, by a mutual friend of ours, all the way to DTLA, where we were shooting. Our trusty camera assistants, Joshua Cote, Chastin Noblett, and Travis Francis got the camera up and running with only hours to spare. The whole team came together in sync to shoot as much content before our time at the location expired. It was such a rewarding feeling, to fail over and over again, then to finally succeed as the clock was ticking down. I haven't felt that in awhile -- I became comfortable working in the commercial space as a DOP, and like I said, our intention with this project was to break that routine and take a risk. It was an extremely cathartic experience." - Paul Theodoroff

About the Artists

Paul Theodoroff

Paul Theodoroff is a cinematographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Stepping on his first set at the age of 15, Paul's passion for the film industry began early. His experiences on-set sparked a curiosity in capturing footage, which eventually led to a full-fledged passion for the medium. He primarily works in the commercial and documentary space, with the constant motivation to tell compelling stories.


More of Paul’s work can be seen on his Website and on Instagram

Carlos Asse

Carlos Asse is a Mexican writer and director born and raised in Mexico City, now based in Los Angeles, CA. From an early age, he showed an interest for different art forms and got involved in various projects including acting for T.V. and theatre and working on set for different Mexican productions. It was during high school when he started considering filmmaking as the career he wanted to pursue.

After graduating high school Carlos embarked on a one-year leadership program in Israel, which gave him the opportunity of meeting people from varied backgrounds and cultures, all with very unique and authentic stories. Such experience catalyzed his passion for storytelling and helped him discover his love for screenwriting and film directing. In 2015 Carlos moved out to Los Angeles, California to attend film school. He graduated in 2017. Carlos Asse has written and directed, music videos, documentary and short films throughout the past years focusing on visually compelling storytelling in both the narrative and experimental spaces.

More of Carlos’ work can be seen on his Website and on Instagram